Freeport Businesses Say They Need Help Drawing Shoppers Downtown

By: Mark Lindner
By: Mark Lindner

The downtown area lost one of its shops today. The Lil Tots children's resale store closed its doors. Owners of the shop say the downtown location was bad for business and with plans for a new Wal-Mart, they fear they'll lose even more customers. Other downtown business owners add the city has to do more to help them.

"Our Economic Development has to bring in the businesses that are willing to come downtown. Certain businessees won't come downtown becasue they're just not capable of doing that. They need their own huge parking centers and they need their own space," says Al Lutz, owner of the Trend Room formalwear store.

Freeport Mayor George Gaulrapp however remains optimistic. He says downtown redevelopment will balance out the stores moving in to the south side.

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